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Address: St 13, corner of St. 178 | National Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: +855 17 998 570
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Thank you for joining us this season. Our NEW season will begin June...
Thank you for joining us this season. Our NEW season will begin June - August 2015 available every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. During April - May there will be occasional performances hosted by the Children of Bassac as part of a capacity building exercise. For more details you can email Cambodian Living Arts. Plae Pakaa is an initiative by Cambodian Living Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to the transformation of Cambodia through the arts. The production features three rotating shows in an open-air theater at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. Each performance showcases a wide range of traditional performing arts. With more than Apsara dances, we offer you the chance to discover the diversity of Cambodian culture and traditional arts through dramatic and dynamic performances. In addition to giving a unique opportunity to experience Cambodian culture and arts, Cambodian Living Arts aims to empower emerging arts professionals through their development and employment. Your participation enhances our mission to transform and revitalize the country through creative expression. Tickets for high season are on sale starting October 1, 2014 and available till March 28, 2015. Change in Schedule: There will be NO show during the Water Festival November 5,6,7. The regular schedule will resume Saturday November 8.
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Spell binding performances, amazing atmosphere and great characterization are the hallmarks of this event. We were lucky to catch the last show before the troop closed down for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Spell binding performances, amazing atmosphere and great characterization are the hallmarks of this event. We were lucky to catch the last show before the troop closed down for a few days before the new year came in. The seating is not the most comfortable but the performances take your breath away. located inside the National museum, this semi-open air auditorium... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is a must see. It is the real thing, not those tourist traps of dinner and show. Gorgeous costumes, professional dancers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Excellent program. It was not too long. Very interesting. No complaints at all. Those who gave this performance bad reviews are "whiners". I think this was a good show for my kids too (they are aged 12 to 17). They appreciated it. It is not cheap, but the funds go to a very worthwhile cause. However, even after you pay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Just a few hours ago i had the pleasure to see one of the shows of the Plae Pakaa. It was the dance performance and I am still totally stunned. The showed many different dancesand all were full of power and the dancers were always fully concentrated. It was much fun to watch not only because of the many different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 via mobile

We saw the dance show at the end of our trip In Cambodia. We had a great time. The costume the Music and of course the dancers are wonderful. After seeing all the apsara statues in Angkor I was glad to finally see them for real! 😉

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The intimate space within the National Museum of Cambodia provided an up-close-and-personal experience of Shadow Puppetry for each member of the audience. The puppets speak for themselves but CLA does an incredible job showcasing each artist's talents whether they be on stage or off.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This hour long show was a beautiful introduction to Cambodian arts and culture. It is worth while seeing especially when you appreciate that under the Khmer rouge 90 percent of Cambodia's artists were killed. Thanks to this program Cambodian arts and culture lives on for another generation and many to come.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Plae Pakaa currently has three shows: Cambodian Classical & Folk Dance, Spirit Within ("a musical journey through the intricate rituals" of country life), and Mak Therng, a dramatic operetta based on an ancient story. I had a strange experience with these folks. I wanted to see Spirit Within, which normally is performed on Wednesdays. Tickets to Plae Pakaa can be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

There are a few different shows to choose from, every night has a different show. If you buy your ticket from outside the museum before 5pm the tickets are a few dollars cheaper. We went to the Mak Therng show a story about love and justice. The actors were brilliant, there is English translation on the screen so you can... More 

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CambodianLivingArts, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your support. We are glad you see the importance of our work and that you were able to follow the story. The performers are talented and passionate about the arts. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Very enjoyable performance. This is traditional culture with classical music and dance - nothing cheesy or unnatural. Very skillful performers. You will appreciated it very much. Not too expensive. The timing, (7-8 pm) however, is smack in the middle of dinner time.

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CambodianLivingArts, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and sorry if you got a bit hungry. :) We are glad you saw the authenticity of the performance. Cambodian Living Arts is focused on keeping the traditional arts alive while encouraging exploration with other arts projects. Thanks again! More 

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